SC to hear on Monday Siddaramaiah’s plea seeking quashing of FIR filed for blocking traffic


New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court is slated to hear on Monday the plea filed by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah seeking quashing of an FIR lodged against him and other Congress leaders in connection with blocking a road during a protest in 2022.

As per the details published on the website of the apex court, a bench of Justices Hrishikesh Roy and Prashant Kumar Mishra will take up the special leave petition for hearing on February 19.

The plea before the apex court challenges the decision of the Karnataka High Court dismissing the petition filed by CM Siddaramaiah and others seeking quashing of trial proceedings in the Special Court.

Imposing a cost of Rs 10,000 on each of the petitioners, a bench of Justice Krishna S. Dixit of the Karnataka High Court on February 6 ordered CM Siddaramaiah to remain present before the MPs/MLAs Court on February 26.

Rapping the Congress leaders, the High Court said that blocking the road because one is a representative of the people cannot be accepted.

The FIR was booked against CM Siddaramaiah and other Congress leaders with Bengaluru’s High Grounds police station on April 14, 2022.

The Congress party had organised a protest over a suicide case of a contractor Santhosh Patil and had demanded the resignation of then Minister K.S. Eshwarappa. During the protest, traffic was thrown out of gear on the busy Race Course Road. The traffic had come to halt for several kilometres causing severe inconvenience to the public.

The police had lodged an FIR on charges of blocking roads causing traffic jams, affecting the law and order system. The CM and others had approached the High Court seeking quashing of the NBW issued by the Special Court and proceedings against them in the trial court.



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